When Dance Was Nice

This conversation, featuring Carry On Friends podcast host Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, centered around sound systems and dancehall.

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Topics Covered:

  • Kerry-Ann’s huge sound system cassette collection and her favorite sounds.
  • Our preferences for Jamaican and New York-based sounds.
  • Nuances of dancehall such as DJs who play a balanced mixture of dubplates and girl tunes.
  • The difference between a party and a “dance.”
  • The lost arts of the early warm and early juggling.
  • Predictable playlists and the lack of creativity that’s prevalent today.
  • Reminiscing about dancehall back in the 90s.
  • Jamaica’s apparent complacency towards its greatest cultural export.

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Reggae Lover History – The Flashback Episode

AGARD and I are the special guests on this episode. As the hosts, we took time out to re-introduce ourselves, talk about who we are, where we come from, and how we got into the music industry.  This is part one of this “flashback” conversation.

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E.N Young – Roots Musician Records | Reggae Lover Podcast 153

I had the privilege of interviewing one of the most talented musicians from the United States, E.N Young, for Reggae Lover podcast episode 153 – dedicated to you, the #REGGAELOVER.

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The California reggae scene has been thriving for some time now and vocalist/producer, E.N. Young, formerly of Tribal Seeds, has played a significant role in this success. This classically trained pianist who now plays several instruments including the Melodica fell in love with Jamaican music as a youth in San Diego. He talks candidly about his journey as I sought to learn more about the movement he is pushing in the name of reggae.  By the end of our conversation, I definitely saw E.N as an authentic reggae ambassador.

Topics covered In this episode:

  • 1:35 – 2019 Summer Daze Endless Nights Tour
  • 2:21 – 4th studio album, Forest Wilderness released in 2018
  • 3:57 – Working with Kelissa from Jamaica
  • 5:45 – Collabs on the latest album (Half Pint, Peetah Morgan, Inna Vision, Meta and the Cornerstones)
  • 6:56 – Love for playing the Melodica and linking with Addis Pablo
  • 9:33 – Production and instrumentation from Imperial Sound Studios in San Diego
  • 15:25 – Gaining inspiration as a teen (especially spiritual influence) from 70’s reggae
  • 20:10 – Resistance from family members and society in general for embracing reggae culture
  • 22:21 – The effects of reggae music on mankind.

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Summer tour is on its way! I’m excited to jump on the road and hope to see some familiar faces! 🔊🔥🎉❤️Shoot me a fiyaaa🔥🔥🔥😊if you feelin this👍🏽👊🏽…………….This Friday May 31 – Pomona, CA. – Fox Theater June 12 – Santa Cruz, CA. – The Catalyst June 13 – Chico, CA. – Tacklebox June 15 – Lakeport, CA – Konocti Casino June 16 – Paso Robles, CA – Wine Boss Lounge June 23 – Huntington Beach, CA – Sealegs at the Beach June 29 – Ithaca, NY – Ithaca Reggae Festival July 14 – Salisbury, MA – Surfside Salisbury July 17 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke July 19 – Mammoth, CA – Mammoth Reggae Fest July 20 – Snowbird, UT – Snowbird Summer Concert Series July 23 – Denver, CO – Cervantes July 24 – Pueblo, CO – Brues Alehouse July 26 – Chicago, IL – Wicker Park Festival July 28 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean August 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Brewery August 2 – South Bend, IN – Vegetable Buddies August 3 – McMinnville, TN – Reggae at Smooth Rapids August 6 – Duck, NC – Tap Shack August 7 – Vienna, VA – Jammin' Java August 8 – Asbury Park, NJ – Jams on the Sand August 9 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge August 15 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27 August 16 – Wilmington, NC – Reel Cafe August 17 – New Smyrna Beach, FL – Beachside Tavern August 18 – Sebastian, FL – Captain Hiram’s @jah.irie.lioness is helping the band and I put together a promo team for upcoming tour & we need some street teamers to help promote! If you see a city near you and would like to help send her a DM so promo packs can get started we need 3 people from each city. Much love to all the street teams unite🔊🔊🔊more reggae music

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Reggae Music Forever

Our special guest was Shawn from the Reggae Talk podcast and ReggaeMusicForever blog.

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We discussed the state of dancehall/reggae culture including topics:
  • Dancehall supporters versus die-hard fans of roots reggae.
  • The overlooked conscious dancehall movement.
  • The American reggae scene.
  • Comparing white and black Americans taste in reggae.
  • Reggae Talk Podcast 1-year Anniversary event.
  • Other passions outside of reggae.
  • Is reggae music on life-support?
  • Predictions for the future.
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Spirituality in Reggae

Reggae music is the highest form of spiritual music.

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Beginning with the 1970s Roots Reggae era, the lyrics, the drums, and the bass provided the perfect vessel for communicating and spreading messages.

With the help of Bob Marley and the Wailers, these reggae messages spread across the globe.

Exploration of this global phenomenon leads to certain truths.

We discuss some history, events, and examples and give personal accounts of our experiences with spirituality, reggae, and religion.

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Love After | Jacinth Headlam joins the Reggae Lover Podcast

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Jamaican actress Jacinth Headlam is the special guest joining the crew. Jacinth talks about her Jamaican heritage and her new book “Love After.”

'Diary of a Badman' actress Jacinth Headlam is the special guest joining the crew. Jacinth talks about her Jamaican heritage and her new book 'Love After.' Jacinth is transparent about the challenges and advantages of being a Caribbean woman in entertainment. She talks about her reggae inspiration and favorite artists from then 'til now.

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Jacinth is transparent about the challenges and advantages of being a Caribbean woman in entertainment. She talks about her reggae inspiration and favorite artists from then ’til now.

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The Business of Reggae

If you are in the reggae music recording industry or thinking about getting into the business, then you need to hear this.

Hosted by Highlanda Sound co-founders Kahlil Wonda and AGARD, Reggae Lover is a podcast that pulls back the curtain on the issues, insights, back-stories, and adventures of the biggest names in reggae. Discussions center around the culture, economics and all things relatable to reggae lovers.

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Listen to this if you love reggae music and consume it via streaming services, digital downloads, vinyl records, CD, mixtapes, concerts, and/or dances.

In this episode of “Reggae Lover,” we discuss the current landscape faced by reggae artists from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries. This includes looking at how music distribution has changed in recent years and the impact of copyright laws.

We offer tips to help up-and-coming artists steer away from the evils of the business and suggest avenues of potential revenue that are commonly overlooked. This includes discussion of global trends as it relates to reggae and dancehall.

We tackle questions like Who is making all the money? Should artists go independent or pursue recording contracts with major labels? How can reggae/dancehall artists compete in the global marketplace? Are the GRAMMY awards even relevant?

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Ras Fraser Junior Mix | Reggae Lover Episode 109

I had the chance to interview Ras Fraser Jr. on episode 98 of my podcast and I’m thrilled to be following up now with a mixtape project. Episode 109 features Ras Fraser Jr. in the mix for over 40 minutes. If you have listened, What are your thoughts? How were you feeling after hearing the mix?
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Fraser’s music puts me in the mood to show love. That’s really the vibe I want to share. As such, I want to make sure I do my part to spread the message. Ras Fraser Jr. is a serious songwriter, singer, DJ, musician, and artist. Look for his upcoming mixtape. The selection includes exclusive songs that only can be played by me along with tracks from the new album “Journey to Greatness.”
Journey to Greatness, released on the Rebel Sound Records imprint, is available everywhere that music can be purchased. Don’t sleep on this talent. Go buy some songs. Buy the album, Journey to Greatness.

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Who are the Best Vocal Harmony Groups in Reggae?

This mix features reggae’s vocal harmony groups from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

I took it back to the roots on this one. I focused on songs with an impressive vocal arrangement. This is a specific selection of songs with male singers harmonizing together.

I featured The Wailers, mostly from the “Catch A Fire” album. That album has that very dry, grassroots sound. This was before instrumentation such as horn sections and electric guitars were added. Before the female energy of the I-Threes was added.

The mix also featured some of The Heptones‘ Studio One era hits. I dropped in some original Israel Vibration before they split. Other groups featured are The Techniques, The Abyssinians, The Gladiators, The Sensations, The Mighty Diamonds, and The Silvertones. You also hear songs from Lloyd Parks and We the People, The Sharks, The Royals, The Cables, and The Flames.

Listen to those names and you know these brothers were from a different time. These vocal groups created some of the most beautiful music and the most powerful songs. You feel their passion because of the emphasis conveyed within the harmonies. There was something special about those days.

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Its the sweet soulful sound of great reggae music! If you enjoy this, check out episode 74. It’s entitled “The Greatest Reggae Bands of All Time (not including the Wailers).” That show features Aswad, Steel Pulse, Third World, Israel Vibration, Black Uhuru, and Inner Circle. Similar material is on The Studio One tribute episodes: 55 and 56.

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It’s a new season of the podcast! I am back in full effect with new shows coming out every week until the end of the year. Thank you so much for listening. If it’s your first time, this is a livication to you, the reggae lover.

Whether you know the songs you hear on this show or not, my goal is that you feel uplifted after listening. I want you to feel joyous and happy. The music should help you to transmute any negative energy into positive. You should enter a different frame of mind via the therapeutic mixes and level up.

For booking information or to sponsor this podcast, email reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you to everybody listening from around the world. I love that you get to tune in and listen to me doing what I love most. We are sharing a vibe and keeping this music alive. Check my Soundcloud or anywhere you listen to podcasts weekly for new shows to be available. Until next time, have a great week. One love!!

I-Octane to Conquer the Globe – Reggae Lover Podcast # 104

I caught up with I-Octane to dive into the story of his reggae journey. The bright reggae-dancehall star explained that he didn’t choose music. Music chose him.

“Music became like a person that I could correspond with and express myself… then I fell in love with music.”

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In 2018 Octane committed to growth by giving his fans a better live music experience. Bringing old-school standards to the new school, he will be performing with a live band as much as possible moving forward.

“Reggae music is the biggest music world wide… i’ve been to places in Africa where they don’t know about Jay-Z, but they know Bob Marley.”

I Octane is the executive producer of his new studio album, “Love & Life.” The album is an independent project recorded at his studio for his label, Conquer The Globe Productions. He talks about why he chose that route instead of signing with an international major label.

This artist is serious about applying proven business principles to solidify his career. Listen as he talks about his future goals, creative process, and reasons for his success. 

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